Can Diet Fight Cancer? | INTERVIEW with Sarah Marbrouk, Director of The Food Cure: Hope or Hype?
THE FOOD CURE is a feature-length documentary that explores the most extreme claims made about nutrition. Can a particular diet really alleviate or even reverse serious diseases like cancer?
The film follows the experiences of six cancer patients who choose a plant-based treatment in lieu of chemotherapy and radiation and accompanies them over a period of more than five years….no matter what the outcome.
Intimate and unflinchingly honest, this deeply moving documentary shows the astonishing feats that can be achieved with nutrition, while also portraying the obstacles and daily struggles patients experience as they attempt to eat and juice their way back to health.
THE FOOD CURE encourages us to think about the intersection of health, food production, and medicine in completely new ways.
Six cancer patients make an unusual choice when faced with with a bad prognosis: they decide to face the disease with a radical plant-based diet. The patients
embark on a 5-year journey through uncharted territory as they attempt to eat and juice their way back to health, against all odds.
When faced with a cancer diagnosis and a bad prognosis with conventional treatments, what would you do? In the documentary film THE FOOD CURE, six cancer patients make an unusual choice at this junction. Feeling they have little to lose, the patients pin their hopes on controversial nutritional cancer treatments based on a stringent, plant-based diet and a draconian juicing schedule.
In following the patients’ stories over more than five years – the point at which cancer patients are recorded as survivors in most statistics – filmmaker Sarah Mabrouk treads virgin ground in taking such an in-depth and long term look at what it is like to use nutritional approaches to treat serious, potentially fatal diseases. Shedding much-needed light on the important and increasingly prevalent topic of food as medicine, the film does not shy away from showing some of the more disturbing consequences of this choice.
People say “you are what you eat”, but is the power of food so great that it could actually cure cancer? Upon their return from the clinics, the protagonists face intense challenges at home, where they are expected to continue the therapy on their own for at least two years. Confronted with disapproving doctors, concerned family members, financial troubles, and the constant temptation to tinker with the dauntingly strict diet, they nevertheless attempt to adhere to their unconventional plan, which they see as their last chance.
The principle behind the alternative therapies they choose is that the body’s own immune system – when fully functional – can effectively detect and kill cancer cells. By restoring and boosting the immune system through strict diet and detoxification, the theory is that the cancer patient’s immune system can be revitalized, therefore resuming its job of selectively destroying cancer cells without harming any other cells.
This concept, once frowned upon by the medical establishment, is similar to the idea behind cutting- edge new immunotherapy drugs that are being heralded as the future in cancer medicine. Do unusual holistic approaches and high-tech medicine have more common ground than one might think? Could a cure for cancer really be hidden in our immune systems – and in our food?
The film raises important questions about the nature of our food and medical systems, and about the role that lifestyle and nutrition can play in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Providing a rare inside look into the challenges, accomplishments, and disappointments that go hand in hand with swimming against the stream, THE FOOD CURE tells an engaging story about what it is like to make a leap of faith when your life is at stake.
Sarah spent many years working as a reporter in war and conflict zones, covering the Iraq war, the Lebanon war, conflicts in Israel/Palestine, the Arab Spring, Iran, and many others. Within the news world, she wears many hats – working as a reporter, producer, speaker, camerawoman, production manager, and writer for the written press and television. Her clients have included Associated Press, BBC, CNN, France 24, ZDF, Paris Match, and Deutsche Welle. She is also a documentary filmmaker and directed the 2020 release ‘The Food Cure’, the culmination of a 7+ year film project. Sarah grew up in Washington, D.C. and speaks fluent English, Arabic, German, French, and Spanish.